May 31, 2006 6:15 AM PDT

Microsoft touts wireless keyboard, mouse for Macs

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Microsoft formally unveiled on Tuesday a wireless keyboard and mouse for the Mac, expanding its lineup of Apple Computer-compatible products.

The software giant demonstrated the keyboard-and-mouse combination, called the Wireless Laser Desktop for Mac, at Macworld in January. The wireless keyboard incorporates Microsoft's Comfort Curve design with a Mac-oriented key layout and a wireless mouse that uses Microsoft's tilt-wheel navigation technology.

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Despite Microsoft's mixed success with its Mac offerings in the past, analysts believe Microsoft will have greater success with its wireless keyboard and mouse for the Mac.

"The Mac Mini is an entry-level system that ships without a mouse or keyboard, so it makes sense for Microsoft and other third-party suppliers to go after that market," said Tim Bajarin, president of consulting group Creative Strategies. "When Steve Jobs announced the Mac Mini, he made it clear you could use any third-party mice or keyboard."

Microsoft's hardware group receives a sizable portion of its business from sales of its keyboards and mice, which are also compatible with Apple computers, Bajarin added.

Michael Gartenberg, a Jupiter Research analyst, noted the software giant has learned over the years to design its Mac products optimized for the Apple user rather than to just repackage its Windows products for the Mac.

Due to ship this summer, the Wireless Laser Desktop for the Mac is expected to retail for $99.95.

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Posted by hedred (20 comments )
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You read the article didn't you?
So why the beef?
Posted by technewsjunkie (1265 comments )
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You'd think with pretty much all Macs (desktop or portable) having
Bluetooth integrated (esp the Mini, which the story mentions), MS
would use that technology rather than using a USB dongle.
Posted by JettaTurbo (7 comments )
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No Bluetooth?!
Really really dumb. Drives up the price to include their own wireless
receiver, too.
Posted by Lucky Lou (88 comments )
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Will it work...
Will it work when booted in Windows?
Posted by Moe's Art (1 comment )
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